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Stormtrooper Walks a 645-Mile Marathon in Memory of His Wife #StarWars #SDCC

addams130825twinsunmorn91-53e00f8ccdd64Marathon walks for a cause are not uncommon; most do it in honor of someone who is suffering or that they have lost. However, July 9th was the finale for a marathon of a slightly different type.

Kevin Doyle completed a 645 mile marathon that ran from Petaluma to San Diego, in honor of his wife Eileen who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. What made this marathon different than others was that he had done it in Stormtrooper armor.

kevin-doyle-star-wars-stormtrooperThe marathon started on June 6th at the Rancho Obi-Wan, a “Star Wars” museum and ended at the San Diego Comic Convention.

Kevin, a sketch artist for Topps, and his wife Eileen were familiar faces at many local conventions in Minnesota. She was frequently featured as a guest artist where she developed a fan base.EileenatSpringCon-53fd7d5a20fb6

Kevin and Eileen shared a love of Star Wars and were members of the 501st. As a couple, they loved parading in matching stormtrooper armor and at their wedding in 2010 they even had R2D2 as the ringbearer.wedding

After just two years of marriage he lost Eileen to pancreatic cancer and has been struggling to honor her memory since then. He decided that one way to honor her was to visit the Rancho Obi-Wan Star Wars museum in Petaluma, CA. He had then decided while he was in California he would also attend the SDCC. When he Googled the distance between San Francisco and San Diego, the result was 501 miles, which to him was a sign as they had both been members of the 501st legion.

As part of his tribute to his wife’s memory he also created a charity he called Eileen’s Little Angels that donated blankets, bandannas, coloring books and plush toys featuring his wife’s artwork to children battling cancer.DSC_1980copy-53f3d8b59e6ee

“I get people that come up to me who are fighting cancer or are cancer survivors, people and their families and they just want to talk to me and thank me for raising awareness,” Doyle said, “It’s just been one amazing experience.”Eileen_Cards1

“For me, I haven’t had my head around it just quite yet. For me, it’s just me walking to honor my wife, but then people are gathering and making it really special. And they’re making it personal for them, which I hadn’t accounted for that, that people would receive me in that way,” he said.

Thanks to generous donations by Rancho Obi-Wan and the 501st, Kevin got to enjoy the San Diego Comic Convention.

You can check out Kevin’s artwork on his website at hkevindoyleart.com and you can donate to Eileens little Angels through CrowdRise.5kwalkatMOA2013_2-53e01043eb836  WESTCOAST_walkRevised171copy-54c886874f8cb

One thought on “Stormtrooper Walks a 645-Mile Marathon in Memory of His Wife #StarWars #SDCC

  1. Had heard about this guy so often, thus is the first time I’d heard so much detail about why he was doing it. Nice to get the full story.

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